LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON

The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.

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“Don’t expect me to move in here until we are wed either.’ There’ll be no hanky panky going on until we are married. I won’t have people talking about us.’

But I thought…

“Never mind what you thought Albert, I’m telling you now, nobody is going to be pointing fingers at me.’

“When are we getting married then asked Albert?’

“I want a summer wedding, there will be no rain when I get married; I will speak with the reverend John Allen at Holy Saviours Church in Tynemouth. He will get everything ready.’

“We will be at least well organised said Albert with a frown. Laura came over and kissed him then said “I just want everything to be right for us Albert.’

Albert’s mood changed and he was smiling again. They locked the door to their new home then Albert drove Laura back home.

Over the next week the new house was a hive of activity as Charlie Millsap set to work wallpapering. Albert watched his every move as he measured then cut out several pieces of wallpaper which were all marked and numbered at the top so the pattern matched. The living room was finished in an hour and they moved to the two bedrooms and the bathroom where he hung a waterproof paper to match the blue tiles that came up above the bath and around the sink and toilet.

Then they started on the main bedroom, the wallpaper had a pattern with roses on it and the leaves had to match up which used more rolls of paper. It took five rolls to complete the bedroom. Albert liked the finish. It looked very bright. He left the windows of the house open to dry out the walls.

The landing was painted a peach colour and the spare room which would eventually be a child’s play room was done in a Walt Disney cartoon character wallpaper from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.’

“I hope you won’t keep us waiting too long before this room is used said Charlie as he used a brush to smooth out any air bubbles in the wallpaper.

“Well that will be down to your daughter Charlie said Albert with a grin.’

“Knowing our Laura it won’t be long.’ She loves kids and has always’ wanted one of her own.’

“Well let’s hope it’s a boy laughed Albert.’

“She was lucky that the reverend John Allen had a cancelation at the back end of June.’

“Yes, it’s not far away now.’

I remember when Elizabeth and I were wed; it just seems like five minutes ago. We had a big wedding; and my father paid for everything because Elizabeth’s father George Watson was out of work at the time. ’I worked with him down at the yard; he died very young you know.’ “He dropped down dead in the King Street club one Sunday lunchtime; Elizabeth never got over his death. They were very close.

“Just like you and Laura; she never stops talking about you.’

Her mother was never one to be you know, tactile. It was me who showered her with love and affection. She was after all my only child.’

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